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Mushroom cultivation training

ITANAGAR, June 24:  A mushroom cultivation training was held at Kanubari on 24th June’2011 under the aegis of CDPO, Kanubari. Al together 40 participants representing different Self-Help-Groups of the area actively participated in the training.

Dr. A.K. Bordoloi and his Assistant from North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat imparted the training at Kanubari cultural hall.

Local MLA N.Tingkhatra, ADC N.Wangjen and a host of other officers and public leaders attended the training Tingkhatra appreciated the effort of the CDPO and asked the SHG members to take the training seriously which will help in augmenting their economic income. (DIPRO)


ABC welcomes BJP decision

ITANAGAR, June 24:Welcoming the State BJP’s decision not to field its candidate in the upcoming bye-poll to Mukto assembly constituency, the Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC) opined that no political party should field candidate against Pema Khandu as a mark of respect to former chief minister Late Dorjee Khandu.

“By not fielding candidate in the ensuing bye-election BJP has shown its maturity as a political party and other should follow suit, ABC said in a release.

Recalling the tearful moment while paying tribute to the Late Chief Minister at his cremation site at Tawang recently, ABC said that, Khandu, who always treated people equally, would always be remembered for his love and affection towards the ordinary people.

The Club has decided to erect a pillar at Tawang in memory of the late chief minister so that any Royal Enfield riders from India and abroad could pay homage at the memorial site when they visit Tawang. It also declared  June 13 as a Royal Homage Day to be observed every year by royal Enfield riders community in honour of late Khandu.


Booth Level Officers Training held at Darak

Aalo, June 24: One-day Training was held to educate the Booth Level Officers (BLO) about various aspects related to election matter, at Darak on 23rd June last. Circle Officer-cum-AERO, Lijum Ete stressed the importance of error free Electoral Roll. He encouraged BLOs to work sincerely because it is their good work which only makes our electoral system efficient and inclusive, which in turn, strengthen Indian Democracy. In fact, whole edifice of India as a democratic country is based on their job. The training was conducted by Raju Abraham, Head Assistant, Dist. Election Office, Aalo an expert on election matters. He was ably supported by Bade Potom, Junior Teacher, Govt. Secondary School, Darak. Moreover, various practical problems related to non-EPIC voter, bogus voters, duplication, under-age etc. were also taken up. BLOs dedicated themselves for an error free electoral roll and appreciated the Circle Officer for his efficient and far-sightedness in conducting such training.


Association demand

ITANAGAR, June 24:  All Adi Youth Association (AAYA) appealed to the Local MLA and Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh to liase with the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for providing infrastructures along with posting of supporting staffs at Kebang Circle at the earliest so that the problems faced by the adjoining villages of Kebang circle to travel to Pangin town for petty official works are solved for once and for all.

The Association said that a Circle Officer has already been posted there. But due to lack of any supporting staffs and infrastructures, the Circle Officer is presently attached to the Extra Assistant Commissioner’s office, Pangin. It is also learnt that the officer has taken initiative for the establishment of a proper Circle Office at Kebang.

AAYA also appeals the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to look into the matter and redress the problem of Kebang circle.



ITANAGAR, June 24: The members of Parbuk Youth Welfare Association has unanimously selected new executive with  Johny Ratan as President¸ Eliya Lego as General Secretary.


Pre-bid meeting on  e- Tendering

ITANAGAR, June 24: A pre-bid meetings was held in the Office of Executive Engineer, Rural Works Division, Yingkiong today. The meeting was held in order to brief the aspiring Bidders to familiarize themselves in the process of e-Tendering of PMGSY works under Phase-IX.

The meeting started with instruction to bidders regarding PMGSY website login and the process of viewing and downloading to published tenders by the publishers. The aspiring Bidders were informed of the Qualification criteria and various documents required for the Bidding processes.

Representatives of various enterprises who attended the meeting were briefed thoroughly in the process of e-Tendering of PMGSY works.


AVP’s Free Medical Camps

ITANAGAR, June 24: Medical team of western unit, Arunachal Vikas Parishad conducted free medical Camps in 3 villages of Upper Subansiri district and 4 villages of West Siang district under the leadership of Dr. Naba Gopal Chanda.

Villages covered and patients treated are Kare village (73), Siyam (128) and Hingmoring (203) all in Upper Subansiri district. And in West Siang Mori village (187), Mopung-76 Bongne-130 and Darak (120)

Similarly Eastern unit conducted medical camps at 5 villages of Namsang and Soha circles in Tirap District in June. Villages covered were Soha (95), Turat (100), New Doidam (54), Namsang (68) and Vivek Nagar (54). Dr. D.K. Pathak led the medical team in Tirap District. In all place Circle Level Committee and District Level Committee of AVP made all necessary arrangements.


Medical Camp by Vivekananda Kendra

ITANAGAR, June 24: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti organized Medical Camps in Changlang district recently. 7 Medical Camps were held at Chingsa, Sohelaktong, Zero Point, Bubang of Khimiyong circle, Kengkho of Changlang circle, New Chingsa of Kharsang circle and Phanyak of Miao circle. A total 216 patients were examined during the camp and free medicines were distributed by the Medical Team of Arun Jyoti. General health awareness topics like prevention of Malaria etc. were also discussed during the camps. It is to be mentioned that the Mobile Medical Unit of Arun Jyoti regularly conduct medical activities in Tirap,Changlang and Upper Subansiri districts of Arunachal Pradesh.


Forum calls for priority treatment

ITANAGAR, June 24: Subansiri Upper Project Submerge Area People’s Forum appealed to the power developer KSK Energy venture Ltd, Subansiri Upper Project to give first priority to people of Dam affected people while allocating Grade A, B,C and D jobs in the company as per their eligibility.

It also appealed the company to provide proper compensation to affected people.


Forum demands

ITANAGAR, June 24: Parsi-Parlo Educated Forum in a letter to chief minister said that the people of Koloriang are facing problems due to lack of modern facilities like treasury office and post office in the area.

The forum appealed to the chief minister to direct the concerned authority for early establishment of treasury office and permanent post office at Koloriang.


PDCA decides to organize cricket tournament

ITANAGAR, June 24: Papum Pare District Cricket Association (PDCA) in a meeting held at Naharlagun yesterday has decided to conduct inter-club, inter-circle, inter-subdivision, inter district and state level cricket competitions from next month in order to provide training opportunities and facilities.

It has also decided to organize outreach programmes in schools, colleges and universities.

Meanwhile, the association has reshuffled its executive members with Danial Teli, Techi Tahin and Teli Otu as its president, vice president and general secretary respectively.


Taraso MO clarifies

ITANAGAR, June 24: Taraso PHC, Medical Officer Dr. Kajing Borang while responding to the news item published in this daily yesterday which was issued by DMO, Papum Pare District Bengia Tobin, repudiated the allegation leveled against him. He said that there is no truth in the materials published as he is dedicatedly serving at the present place of posting. He said that in case of absence due to some emergency cases or health problems, he is constantly in touch with the public and the staff concerned. Further, he said that there is no public complaint against him. He said that he has nothing personal against the DMO except that the publication maligned “my hard earned image before the department as well as public”.


News Impact

School uniform for elementary students: Siram

ITANAGAR, June 24: Children upto elementary level would get free uniform from this year.  This was announced by Minister of Education Bosiram Siram while addressing the senior education officers’ conference at Bharat Scouts and Guide head quarter today.

The conference is being organized by School Education Department, government of Arunachal Pradesh and will conclude in June 25.

Underscoring the needs of better education system, he said that it needs to be revolutionized in the tune of national level for maximum development of the state.

The minster further said that transfer and posting shall be done strictly in accordance with education rule through counseling and NCTE norms shall be strictly adhered to recruitment process. He further said that no recruitment shall be done without conducting Teachers Eligibility Test. He suggested the commissioner Education to organize a separate meeting of Heads of DIET, DRC and SIE to review the progress of teachers’ education and training.  He expressed his deep concern on the issue of discrepancy and irregularities in stipend disbursement in schools and also stressed the need of inspection of school which is left unattended by the DDSE.

Director of School Education, Bodong Yirang spoke on module of proper strengthening of Elementary Directorate by evolving stable plan and policy.

Amongst other, Commissioner Education Hage Khoda, Director of School Education T Taloh, SPD SSA, DSEs, DDSEs and other state and district level officials attended the inaugural session.  During the three days long conference, problems of department, RMSA, CCE, MDM scheme, Saakshar Bharat Mission, Teacher Education, Implementation of national flagship programme besides academic, planning and establishment matters of both Directorate including SSA &RTE are being discussed.


Some hope for power deprived Pasighat but questions on utilization of fund

ITANAGAR, June 24: In the back drop of claims and counter claims between the citizen of Pasighat and the Power/Hydropower department regarding the frequent power failure in the oldest town of the state, a high level meeting was convened between the representatives of Pasighat People Welfare Committee (PPWC) led by its Chairman Okom Yosung & Secretary Oyin Moyong and representatives from State Government and concern departments including Parliamentary Secretary (Hydropower) Gojen Gadi, Parliamentary Secretary (Law & Justice), J.K Pangeng, Chief Engineer (Hydro Power)Lipe Ete, Chief Engineer (Power) Ogum Moyong, S.E Hydro Power (Jenging Circle)Pura Tupe, Advisor to CM Nanom Jamoh under the chairmanship of Education Minister Bosiram Siram who is also the local MLA.

In a memorandum, the PPWC executives highlighted the frequent power failure and demanded for immediate solution to the issue in Pasighat and its adjoining area. The demand included: Complete replacement of turbines at Yembung Hydel, complete renovation of Pasighat Sille Hydel, early completion of 132 KV tower line from Aalo to Pasighat, creation of Assistant Engineer Electro-Mechanical & Hydro Power Civil division to ensure timely & smooth maintenance work of turbines, and the power supply from 2 MW capacities Rina Hydel should be extended to Pasighat.

Speaking on the occasion, Gojen Gadi confirmed that the Rina Hydropower is in good working condition to generate 2 Megawatt Power and Yembung Hydropower is in renovation. He added that out of 4 units of Yembung Hydel, 2 units are in working condition and these 2 units can be operated and some of the power can be evacuated to Pasighat in case the evacuation system is ok.

CE (Power) Ogum Moyong informed that because of ongoing trans-Arunachal Highway between Pasighat to Aalo, the line is presently disturbed. As regards to the Rina Hydropower, CE Power indicated that Rina to Pasighat is in progress and on completion the full capacity from Rina can be evacuated to Pasighat.

Siram further indicated that the land owner in and around Pangin area is creating obstacle towards erection of tower line in their respective areas due to which there has been delay in completion of Aalo-Pasighat 132 kv line.

Later the delegations also called on Power Secretary Tumke Bagra at his Vidyut Bhawan office and apprised him about the untold miseries the common citizen of Pasighat and adjoining area are facing. He assured to extend all possible help and urged the delegation to convince public to cooperate in the 132 kv tower erection.  

Tobom Dai, spokesperson of AAPSU, who was also part of the delegation, on being queried by the media said that the meeting ended on a positive note.

However, mincing no words, Tobom said that crores of money was pumped into renovation of Yembung hydel Project down the years without any output and most surprisingly, the 2 MW Rina Hydel Project was commissioned last January (5 months ago) but is now churning out 400 KW for the reason best known to the concern department.

Moreover from highly placed sources, Rs 2 crores 57 lacs was sanctioned to Pasighat electrical division for up-keep & maintenance last year but no improvement is seen. Also, Yembung Hydel project got 1 crore 10 lacs last year only.

He further said that students’ community of the area will be setting up an independent enquiry committee to unearth the truth behind the constant power failure.


DY365 open Arunachal chapter

Gamlin calls for fair and unbiased reporting

NAHARLAGUN, June 24: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin while inaugurating the office of the Arunachal chapter of the regional channel DY365 at Mowb-11, Itanagar, has called upon all news channels to maintain credibility by providing fair and unbiased reporting.

He further called upon the channel to enlighten and highlight the developmental initiatives and programmes and performance of the Govt. to the people of the state in particular and region in general.

The Chief Minister welcomed the foray of the DY365 and other channels to the state. He assured that the state Government would extend all possible cooperation to news channels operating in the state. The Managing Director, Dipanita Jaiswal, speaking on the occasion said that  the DY365 which started in 2008 endeavors to project the voice of the people of NE and the diverse culture and people and tribes of the region highlighting the issues & problems confronting the region by providing fearless, fair, and unbiased reporting. She further sought the cooperation of all adding that her channel would ensure in abiding by the principles of fair reporting.

The General Manager, Saurav Mahanta, said that the Channel is committed to promote Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of the world and would highlight the developmental initiatives of the state Govt. to the people of the state.

The Minister Power (Electrical), Forest & Environment, Setong Sena, Former minister M R Dodum, Director, IPR, Leki Phuntso, PD ( APSACS) Dr. Emi Rumi were among the guests present on the occasion. (DIPR)


Union says no to PDS transit camp

ANINI, June 24: The All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) has demanded scrapping of FCI Anini’s transit camp at Roing citing reason that it has become an excuse for siphoning of PDS items.

 It says the ‘transit camp’ is becoming the chief reason for non availability of PDS items in Dibang Valley district. “Such transit camps are established on pretext of poor road communication.”

Calling the Anini PDS crisis as the carbon copy of the Roing crisis it once faced, the union recalls that a similar transit camp was also established in Tinsukia for PDS item meant for Lower Dibang Valley district.

 The former Roing DC YW Ringu is credited for successfully carrying out investigation in identifying such ‘transit camps’ as the source of the crisis leading to abolishing of Tinsukia FCI camp.

 Appreciating the efforts of Ringu in fine tuning the PDS system in Roing, AIMSU now demands for similar action from Anini DC.

The Anini DC Abu Tayeng says the transit camp at Roing is only a ‘temporary arrangement” and the decision for establishing such camps is taken solely by FCI.”  He also informed that the monthly allotment for PDS rice for Dibang Valley is reduced from 700 quintal to 210 quintals.

 Reacting to the reduction in PDS quota, AIMSU in a petition to Anini DC has condemned the approach calling it as ‘arm twisting’ method of government authorities.

 “Instead of soul searching, the authorities has resorted to cheap tactics to gag the people who were vocal about the malpractices rotting the system.”

 AIMSU in its petition has also demanded decentralization of the tendering process for PDS Whole Sale Nominee-cum-Carriage Contractor for Dibang Valley district and immediate termination of the nomineeship of Power of Attorney (PA) holder of the present PDS contractor.


Residents repair road in Khonsa

ITANAGAR, June 24: The residents of Khonsa bank colony led by its president Nokjo Wanghop conducted a social service by repairing the 400 mtre long road of the colony beginning from June 24 on self-help basic. The residents contributed cash to procure cement, sand, boulders etc to repair the colony road which is in shambles for want of maintenance. The road is important as bank staff, SSA office and other important leaders reside in bank colony.

When asked about the enthusiasm among the residents while conducting the social service one of the members of the colony rightly said, “We cannot depend on government for everything. We must also contribute from our side in whatever small way we can. We must learn to love our surroundings and our colonies and maintain them, after all we are using the road and it is our duty to keep it motorable. In the process if the government departments extend help, well and good.

The other residents of Khonsa town have appreciated the bank colony members for their venture. It is needless to add here that the township roads are in pretty bad shape for lack of maintenance. The heads of work departments seldom stay in the station and so the poor residents have no one to approach to address their problems.(DIPRO)


Health management information system training at Changlang

ITANAGAR, June 24:  The District Health Society, Changlang organized a  Health management information system (HMIS) training for BA/DA, ANMs, Health assistants and LHV at District Hospital conference hall, Changlang for 2 days. The BA/DA training was extended for 1 day in order to further familiarize with the web portal for data uploading. Online Practice sessions were conducted at District Programme Management Unit (DPMU) Changlang.  

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India is now in the process of making it mandatory for uploading of different health indicators monthly in  standard format for generating information for better monitoring & evaluation (M & E) from each health facility across India. This will further help in effective management and administration of the health centers  right from Sub centres to district level in the district and from the state to the centre. The mission objectives of the NRHM i.e the reduction of infant mortality rate(IMR), maternal mortality rate(MMR) and reduction of total fertility rate(TFR) was elaborately explained by the Dr. Pramathesh De, DMO Changlang. He highlighted that the national IMR, MMR and TFR target upto 2010 is 30, 100 and 2 respectively but till now achieved IMR is 54 which is far  behind the target, though the state reflected a better figure of  31. The present national MMR is 251 and TFR is 3.2. He stressed on increasing the institutional delivery, increase in immunization and better service delivery at health facilities in order to achieve the health goals. He referred to ANMs as the queen of the sub-centre and spoke on length about their roles and responsibilities for effective service delivery at the sub centre.

The district Programme Manager Gomar Basar and district data assistant Bingung Tangha through power point presentation conducted the training sessions. The different parameters of the web portal format  were discussed elaborately and doubts were cleared among the participants which may otherwise lead to wrong inputs of the data. The BA/DA  were provided HMIS manual and CDs containing formats. The functionaries of the different health facilities were provided with documents containing the roles and responsibilities, incentives structure etc of ASHA and ASHA Facilitators which will be handy in motivating the extension services at the villages and hamlets. The ANMs were stressed to maintain registers and records which will help them in providing accurate data regularly. After the training the BA/DA were directed to collect data from the PHCs/CHCs of their respective block and upload the same according to facility wise from the nearest internet facility like CICs etc in the web portal by first week of every month.


Diibo lift Dree Football Trophy

ZIRO, June 24: Two times champions (of 2008 and 2009) Diibo Sports Club (DSC) lifted the most coveted  Dree Football Trophy by defeating Laji Bogia Sports Club (LBSC) 3-0 in the final at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli today. Bamin Tatung drew the first blood for Diibo in the 15th minute while Michi Yapa added another goal in 22nd minute before the lemon break as Laji Bogia trailed by two goals.

Diibo earned their third goal in 70th minutes when Koj Chotu found the target.

Laji Bogia, who were desperate to find the equalizers, put up a brave fight in the second half. But their all attempts were thwarted by their rivals and the team had to be content with the runners up title.  Dipten Banerjee, Chairman-cum-MD, PHFCCL handed over the champion’s trophy to the Diibo Sports Club. The cash award of Rs 80,000 would be given on Dree Day. The champion’s trophy and cash prize were sponsored by PHFCCL.

Most of the individual prizes were grabbed by Diibo players.

The awards for best player, best goal keeper, best fair play player and best team manager were awarded to Ligang Bunghu, Bamin Tani, Chiging Pilya and Koj Tabiyo of Diibo Sports Club respectively. The award for the highest individual goal scorer was shared by Koj Chotu of DSC and Mihin Taker of Sojang Lapang Sports Club. Both Koj amd Mihin scored 7 goals each in the tournament.

The best defender and best coach awards went to Habung Taker and Padi Chama of Laji Bogia Sports Club and best fair play team’s title was given to Youngest Club Hari by local MLA Padi Richo, while Lower Subansiri DC Nila Mohanan gave away the runner-up trophy to the Laji Bogia Sports Club.


One Arunachalism Day

ITANAGAR, June 24: Arunachal Bullet Club appealed to the fellow citizen of Arunachal Pradesh to observe every Monday as “One Arunachalism Day” by wearing traditional dresses either in office, work place or in journey etc. and every Friday as “My Tribes Day” to strengthen unity, peace, love and respect. “It would also promote and preserve our rich culture and tradition in true sense,” it said.

While expressing its gratefulness to the people and the district administration of West Kameng, specially Tawang Dist.  HoDs for their overwhelming support and assistance to the visiting riders, ABC felt that other districts of the state need to learn a lot from Tawang in terms of hospitality, manner, attitude and the ways to keep the environment clean and hygienic.

The club’s major upcoming programmes during 2011 includes rides to the neglected areas of Arunachal in order to highlight the sorrow and pain of the fellow citizens, ride to “Save Tirap” to promote peace and tranquillity, Ride to Shillong to participate in NERM’2011 and  Ride to Sikkim and Bhutan for cultural exchange and to promote tourism.

Meanwhile ABC effected a major reshuffling of its office bearers for smooth functioning. Chief Co-ordinators and Co-ordinators against few district have also been appointed for formation of ABC’s district units in those districts.


ANSU reiterates demands, calls 36 hours capital bandh

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 24: Expressing dissatisfaction over the role of the state Govt  and the Nyishi legislators towards its demand for proper action against reporter Pradip Thakur for his derogatory remarks against Nyishi community in Times of India on May 4 edition, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU)   has decided to call 36 hours Capital Complex  bandh from June 27 morning in favour of its demands.

Earlier, the Union had called 12-hour Capital bandh on May 26 for non-compliance of its ultimatum given to the State Government demanding arrest of Pradip Thakur.

However, the union suspended its movement temporarily on May 31 following a meeting between ANSU, Nyishi Elite Society and Nyishi legislators on May 29 in which the 10 legislators had pleaded ANSU and NES to authorize them to take up the Thakur issue with government at highest level. However ANSU had warned that if proper action is not initiated within 20 days time, the union would continue its movement against Thakur.

ANSU has decided to go with its second phase of 36 hours capital bandh as the  state Govt and the legislators failed to respond to its demands on Thakur issue within the given time, said ANSU president Sikka Gapak while addressing the media persons here today.

Pradip Thakur is answerable not only to Nyishi community but to the entire people of Arunachal Pradesh as he tried to divide the people of the state on communal line by his derogatory remarks, said ANSU president.

Rejecting statement of Times of India published in national dailies seeking apology for derogatory remark in recent past as mere clarification, the Union reiterated its demand for arrest of Pradip Thakur, revelation of source of his report and also demanded unconditional apology.

We are completely disheartened with the manner the Govt is handling the Thakur issue and the failure of the Nyishi legislators to come out with any results, the ANSU leader said and urged the Govt to maintain transparency and disclosed its steps taken on the issue. He further said “we also demand the revelation of call records of Pradip Thakur with details so that people of the state know the truth behind the issue.”

Disclosing that  the Guwahati High Court summoned ANSU to appear before the court on  June 29 on the Thakur issue, Gapak also expressed surprise over the submission of substantial documents including  papers meant for the media houses by Thakur to Court with his bail plea.

ANSU vice president Tagru Tame  said that  its movement will continue until the Govt disclose details  information on the issue and  a logical solution is reached.


Drug Abuse, HIV/AIDS and Youth

(International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking)

Tashor Pali

Drug, when used for treatment of an ailment is a boon for mankind because in most of the cases, it cures the disease and save us from certain death.  As the saying goes, every merit has its own demerit; drug is no exception to it. When a drug is abused, it’s a dreaded menace for every one of us. It not only ruins the life of the person who abuses it but also has a collateral affect on the family in particular and society in general. The United Nation Office of Drug Control report say that there are nearly 200 million people around the globe who are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics. It’s a matter of concern for every one of us.

When we talk of India, North East Region is regarded as the hub for Drug Abuse and Illicit  Drug Trafficking because of its geographical proximity with the infamous Golden Quadrangle. Manipur, which has the highest ratio of HIV/AIDS concentration in the country, the main routes of HIV/AIDS transmission, is through Intravenous Drug Use (IDU).

In the context of Arunachal Pradesh, when we talked about Drug Abuse, one of the major problems is the traditional use of opium which is popularly known as ‘kaani’ in the districts of Lohit, Anjaw, Tirap and Changlang. But the main concern is the Intravenous Drug Users (IDU) among the youth in the state. As per Mapping Report on IDU carried out by APSACS and Site Validation conducted by the District Programme Officers of North East Regonal Office Guawahati under National AIDS Control Organasation and Assistant Director, Targetted Intervention, Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS), there are 1762 IDUs in Arunachal Pradesh out of which 70-80 persons are female. All the IDUs are from age group of 15 to 38 years of age. The Capital Complex has the highest concentration of IDUs which as per the mapping report has 650 IDUs followed by Pasighat and Seppa. To make the IDUs aware on the effects of Drug Abuse and also to prevent the Transmission of HIV through IDU route, APSACS, Naharlagun is running three Thematic and six Core Composite projects in the state.

It’s a fact that every one of us has some instinct of doing something for the welfare and cause of the society. June 26th which was declared as ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking’ by United Nation’s General Assembly in 1987 provides an opportunity to every one of us to contribute for the cause of people affected by drug abuse. This is the day to create awareness on ill effect of Drug Abuse on an individual and society as whole.

As the youths are the vulnerable population which drug abuse affect the most, APSACS in collaboration with the Green Mount School, Itanagar is organizing a Seminar on the topic “Drug Abuse, HIV/AIDS and Youth” to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking” at Green Mount School, Itanagar on 26th June 2011. The Inter-School Seminar Competition for the Students of Class X to XII in the Capital Complex, shall be participated by two members from each school. The winners of the competition shall receive Cash Prize, Memento and Certificate from the Director of Health Services, who shall grace the occasion as the Chief Guest.Lets us say no to drug and yes to life.(The Contributor is Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS)


An open letter to Chief Minister

Dear Editor,              

 I on behalf of the people of Baat and on behalf of Papum-Poma, Basernello and Jote under Sangdupotta Administrative Circle, would like to ventilate a grievances. Due to heavy rain during last monsoon (on 10th September 2010) which caused severe damages to the well gradient road at Batt village near Ganga Lake and created a big narrow strips in between Ganga lake and Itanagar - Poma road. The narrow strips alongside the road is posing serious threat to the embankment of the Ganga lake near Baat village thereby threatening the life and property of the residents of Baat village and making Ganga lake vulnerable too. Extinction of Ganga lake and displacement/lost of life in Batt village is imminent if preventive measures are not adopted at earliest.

In this regard, several correspondence has been made to Chief Engineer (WZ) PWD,Itanagar through EE, PWD Doimukh Divison but it is astonishing to learn that no positive action is initiated since two years of repeated appeals. The PWD has completely failed to address the grievances placed by the commuters of the road and the people of this area. Such attitude of the PWD reflects ineffectiveness. Moreover, despite our hue and cry for immediate restoration of the said road the State PWD, has not kept any fund provision for restoration work at Landslide zone and for the maintenance of the same road which is also the main Life line of the people of this area.

I do appreciate good gesture of MLA of 14th Doimukh, who rushed to spot along with EE,PWD,Div Doimukh on the 11th Sept,2010 to ascertain about extent of damages caused by the flash flood and thereafter, he assured to bring Fund under SPA / FDR schemes which basically is meant for such purpose only. Till date no any positive outcome is witnessed as assured.

Therefore, I reverently appeal our beloved Chief Minister to intervene and direct the Department concerned to early restoration of the said road keeping in view the importance of the area and the threat to the Ganga Lake and the Baat village.


Kara Gambo


Papum Pare NCP Unit



Let the girls stand on their own feet

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the Tagin society, particularly Tagins of  Siyum to Taksin  towards the social evils being practiced against girl child in the society.

It is observed that immature girls, who have not attained the adulthood, are being forced to enter into conjugal life with aged person. Moreover, sometimes, girls are forced to marry mentally retarded persons. Such forceful marriage ruins the future of girl who has no other option but to commit suicide. These are some of the social evils which responsible for backwardness of our girls.

In our society, girls should be treated equally with boys. Let the girls stand on their own feet. Let them live their life.

I request the Tagin society to raise voice against ill-treatment to girls and  create awareness among the masses about the need of upliftment of girl child in society.


Tapa Baki

Chairman, Orphan

Trust Society

Siyum, Daporijo



The never ending woes of Dambuk

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the letters "Reversing trend of development"/"Let there be fair distribution" published in yesterday’s edition.

I am from Dambuk. I won’t go to details as one of writers mentioned many things in yesterday's edition but interestingly, it is known as Kala Pani of Arunachal nowadays. This is the most unfortunate fate we, the people of Dambuk are suffering.

From the month of March to November we are crippled. We are cut off from the world; we can’t even go to Roing which is only 30 km.

People of Dambuk never think of any kind of planning’s and works to be done in these seasons since we can’t go in or out. The only working season left is Nov-Jan for us.

Only communication left is Mobile phones which seldom gets network towers. If you are getting network in Dambuk means you hit a jackpot of millions.

No Landline telephone service adds to its sorrow.

We have electrical department, which gives two and half hour light with a voltage which does not support even mobile charging, tubes are out of question even bulbs glow as candle light.

Even in winter when we have our lifeline restored the road condition is pathethic, if someone goes for first time, he/she vows never to go the route again.

Our one and only school Govt. Hr Sec School Dambuk is having teaching staff  shortage, because of less postings of teachers as per required as well as teachers who are posted are outside Dambuk for almost half the year in working days because of the condition of Dambuk, making it worst.

The worst nightmares is the price of commodities which are tripled the normal MRP rates all over India, eg we buy kerosene @120 per litre at times.

Govt. Co-operatives is operational just one or two times or not a single time in a year, which gives rotten rice. we, Dambuk people never heard of PDS supply .

We are farmers mainly by occupation but we feed vegetables,  pumpkins, papaya, watermelons, sweet potatoes, tomatoes: fruits, pears, oranges, jackfruits, pineapples etc to pigs instead of selling and earning some money because of the road block.

The list is never ending but what we want from our Govt is atleast hear us, for our cause is genuine and it’s been long period of suffering that any of us can endure.


Dr. James Modi

Delhi, (on email)



A harrowing experience

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my experience regarding great inconvenience caused due to the irregular flight schedule to Lilabari Airport by Air India. Recently, I was travelling with my family from Bengaluru. As for the fact that there is no direct flight from Bengaluru / Chennai for Lilabari Airport, the nearest Airport to Itanagar after discontinuation of Pawan Hans Service, so the best possible route is through a stopover and change of flight at Kolkatta.

I had on the first instance booked the tickets for Lilabari for 19th June, 2011 but the flight got cancelled and the tickets were re-scheduled for the 20th June, 2011, which was cancelled too and the flight to Lilabari from Kolkata remained uncertain till 22nd June, 2011 as per information of Air India. So, I had to re-schedule my tickets upto Guwahati from another Airline. The reason for the cancellation of the flights on those days was said to be due to inclement weather, whereas when we landed on 20th June, 2011 at Guwahati Airport and all the way upto Itanagar, the weather was clear. On the other hand, other Airline’s flights to Guwahati and Dibrugarh were operating as scheduled. The cancellation of flights to Lilabari frequently by Air India not only poses as a problem for the public, it also causes problems for the Office of the Principal Resident Commissioner, New Delhi and Additional Deputy Resident Commissioner, Kolkata as well with all the cancellation and re-scheduling of the air tickets.

It has caused undue hardship on me for all this process of cancellation and re-scheduling when my whole family was travelling along. The matter became worst when I was told that the refund of air tickets would be paid by the Travel Agent from whom I had booked the tickets and that was all the way down South, i.e. Bengaluru. As a result, I was forced to borrow money from an acquaintance to purchase the flight tickets for Guwahati for myself and my family members.

Through this letter my sincere request to the concerned authorities to kindly find a permanent solution for this matter, instead of relying on Air India, which is  also like Pawan Hans Copter service ,the most unreliable Airline especially to cover the destination to Lilabari Airport.

Yours etc.

A Concerned Citizen

Itanagar, (on email)



Evolve a constructive culture as one people one state

Dear Editor

 Many sane people will agree with Tongam Rina's write up regarding the negative impact of RTI act. Those people who really are contributing towards the development of our state are a silent mass, they neither have the time nor the inclination to spend their time on finding faults in the system. We have to accept the fact that many of our brethren who are involved in RTI activities cannot convince the authenticity of their work to the general public and they do find little support in the process. Instead if they take the initiative and focus their time and energy on new avenues of development they would have won many hearts and heal many ills because unlike many of our brethren they are fortunate enough to be educated and have seen the light of the day. In future we should shed this legacy and evolve a constructive culture as one people one state.



Pasighat,  (on email)







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